Ty to @Cattlechildren for explaining this:
Diabetes is a conflict of hardened resolve or pushing back. In nature it is a temporary strengthening of the muscles in order to stay defiant or push back against enemies (eg mating rituals).
Paralysis would be a feeling of being trapped. It stems from a feeling of being backed into a corner with no escape so the animal relies on its last resort - playing dead in a desperate hope it's predator will ignore old meat. Think playing possum. It's resolution would probably have to stem from allowing the animal to see it has choices. And taking away any reminders of the initial conflict.
Mating rituals? Maybe two males is what he means. But the rest seems like an accurate overall picture of the disease.